Site draws interest


The One Steel site near Leighton Beach may soon have a new owner.
The One Steel site near Leighton Beach may soon have a new owner.

“What we don’t want is that land near Buckland Hill turned into an exclusive, resort style development,” North Fremantle Community Association chair Gerard MacGill said.

Several expressions of interest were received by agent Jones Lang LaSalle for the 31,044sq m site at the McCabe Street-Stirling Highway intersection by the November 25 deadline, before an expected decision on any successful bid in about five weeks.

A 2009 City of Fremantle structure plan for the R80 site allows about 230 apartments, 815sq m of commerce, a 25m building at the intersection, 9.75m next to Buckland Hill houses and 13m-17m or 4-5 storeys across the majority of the site.

One Steel, the adjacent Taskers development and nearby Matilda Bay Brewery form a special development zone for about 1000 multi-storey apartments, which has tested the City’s relationships with North Fremantle and Mosman Park residents during development of structure plans for the sites.

Mr MacGill and Mosman Park Mayor Ron Norris are concerned about whether the One Steel structure plan would be entirely enforced, after more height was obtained at Taskers, perceived lack of consideration by the City and lower heights wanted by residents at the brewery.

Mr MacGill said the One Steel site’s sale initially promoted potential for 400 apartments, and it would be “difficult to see” how the City would refuse a buyer’s request to use discretionary power for extra heights. Mr Norris said a five-year-old plan for the site had “unusual bulk” over Buckland Hill homes in his Town and any new owner had to consider those residents while also using a design dealing with McCabe Street traffic congestion.

Fremantle strategic planning manager Paul Garbett said Buckland Hill residents were asked for submissions before One Steel’s 2009 structure plan, and any new owners’ design would trigger the residents being asked to comment again.

JLL director Phillip Fogliani said offshore and WA-based expressions of interest had been received for the site.